Sunday, August 29, 2010

8 Weeks

I have 8 weeks to break my guard addiction. Why? I have finally bullied myself into competing at the Miami International Open IBJJF Championship on October 23, 2010.

Over the next 8 weeks, I am going to focus on a few key points that I need to improve on:

1) Take downs
2) Passing guard
3) Sweeping and coming up on top
4) Escaping side control and half-guard

Also, I plan to share this journey with you guys. At least once a week, I am going to try to video myself trying to do these various things and put it up here. Maybe the vast wisdom of the blogosphere will help me pinpoint areas where I need to improve.

I am going to ask a few of my good friends in class to help me work some of this stuff after each class. And, during rolling, I have to forbid myself to go to my guard comfort zone. Don't get me wrong, I think guard is great. But guard gets me no points.

The good news about this competition is I don't have to cut weight. I am right where I need to be to qualify for Light Weight. As long as I don't tank out on pizza I should be alright.

Here's to hoping I can make some progress towards being a top-game player! :)


Jiujitsunista said...

I don't know who you had in mind, but you are aware, that under no circumstances, will I appear in these videos you speak of...right? lol

slideyfoot said...

Cool - I look forward to the vids! Stick a voiceover on them (a la this), and they should instantly become super-great. Or some other more sensible superlative. ;p

Dev said...

Nothing wrong with guard-playing if you have sweeps. Just my $.02. :)

I'm looking forward to the vids. said...

I will see you there - I'm competing too. (jen)

A.D. McClish said...

Yay, Jen!! I am excited to finally meet someone from the blogging world! :)

slideyfoot said...

Aren't you and Megan both in Florida? Though my knowledge of American geography is pretty poor, so perhaps she's way further from you than I'm imagining. If not, that sounds like a good first stop on the blogger meet-up trail. ;)

NinjaEditor said...

Awesome, I hope your preparation goes well! Looking forward to some vids. :-D